3 Easter Poems to Teach Your Kids

Reciting poetry is one of the best ways to promote children's phonological awareness, the foundation for early reading. Not only do poems teach youngsters about rhythm and rhyme, they expose them to alliteration, metaphor, simile, symbolism, and imagery. Kids learn how poets convey their thoughts powerfully with few words. I loved reciting these 3 poems to my sons each spring. I encouraged them to add movements, making the poems even more fun and memorable. Just let your kids use their imaginations and they'll come up with something spectacular. When they feel ownership of the poems, they'll remember them forever. 

There Was a Little Bunny

There was a little bunny who lived in the wood.
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should.
He hopped by a squirrel.
He wiggled by a tree.
He hopped by a duck.
And he wiggled by me.
He stared at the squirrel.
He peeked 'round the tree.
He stared at the duck.
But he winked at me!

Jelly Bean Countdown

(This poem is fun to do with real jelly beans in 5 different colors. Kids learn about  counting down and subtraction).

5 little jelly beans -- I wish I had more! I'll eat the (color) one.
Now there are four!
4 little jelly beans -- Tasty as can be. I'll eat the (color) one.
Now there are three!
3 little jelly beans -- Only a few. I'll eat the (color) one.
Now there are two!
2 little jelly beans -- Eating them is fun. I'll eat the (color) one
Now there is one!
1 little jelly bean -- The last one for me! I'll eat the (color) one.
I'm as happy as can be!

Bunny, Bunny

Bunny, white bunny (Place pointer fingers beside head)
With ears so tall.
And your two pink eyes
And a mouth so small. (Make O with mouth)
Wiggle goes one ear. (Wiggle one finger)
Wiggle goes the other. (Wiggle other finger)
Hop, hop, hop, hop home to your mother! (Hop away in four hops)

Your child or grandchild will adore this floppy bunny with extra long ears. He's perfect to take in the car, in the backpack, and, of course, in the bed. So sweet!

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